Paris: Collection de Arts/ Les Editions G. Crès & Cie, 1926. Limited edition. Softcover. 1/45. Quarto. 80pp. (interleaved w/ 11 plates)  (+ additional 11 plates). Original white heavy stock paper folded jacket, with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine, protecting the white paper wrappers. As stated on the colophon, this is #34 from a limited run of 45 copies printed on Madagascar paper, part of a larger limitation of 365 copies, 300 of which are the more common Rives paper copies. The first 5 copies were printed on Imperial Japan paper, and there were also 15 registered non-trade copies. Pages uncut. Illustrated title page.
A fine press limited edition of Henri Duvernois' short story "Morte La Bete" (Death [of] the Beast), originally published in 1921. Text throughout is accompanied by a total of 30 pochoir prints by Jean Saudé after original aquarelles by L. Lacoste, 11 of which are full page plates interleaved (including a frontispiece) and the other 19 are in text illustrations. Most of the images are in color, and some are erotic in content. This copy is also special in that it one of the few number of copies which contain a complete second suite of the same 11 plates bound in at the rear. All full page plates are protected with tissue guards.
Text in French.
Printed jacket with some minor rubbing to extremities, and a few minor smudges on the cover. Interior with some light bibliographic notes from a previous owner in pencil written on the front and rear free endpapers. Wrappers in very good+to near fine, interior in near fine condition overall. Protected by modern mylar. near fine. Item #47669
About the author:
Henri Duvernois (pseudonym of Henri-Simon Schwabacher, 1875-1935) was a French author, playwright and screenwriter. His diverse body of work was known for realism and moral themes. He was a good friend of Marcel Proust.